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Cleaning Up The Mississippi

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The new Living Lands & Waters floating classroom docked in St. Louis on September 17, 2011  (KMOX/Brad Choat)

The new Living Lands & Waters floating classroom docked in St. Louis on September 17, 2011 (KMOX/Brad Choat)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Saturday marked the tenth time Anheuser-Busch and its employees volunteered to clean up the Mississippi River at St. Louis— with the group Living Lands and Waters guiding them.

Anheuser-Busch’s Shana Ruffus says more than 100 of her colleagues took part, “Our employees are dedicated. They know they are making their city and community healthier and better because of this.”

There was a new look for Living Lands and Waters at the riverfront this year. In addition to the barge it uses to haul off the trash pulled out of the river, the group has a new classroom and living quarters on a separate barge.

Spokesman Roger Mouser explains, “We’ve created a swamp boat look. We’ve got historic bridge girders, license plate awnings, re-used bar joists for our ceilings.”

Mouser says labor union members in St. Louis and other stops along the river have all donated time to build the floating classroom out of recycled materials.

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